Then Jesus said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little further He fell on His face and prayed.
-Matthew 26:38-39 (from the Agony in the Garden)
Currently in accord with the Bishop’s mandate and CDC Regulations:
>All Masses, Devotionals, Liturgies, meetings, RE classes, dinners, & gatherings are suspended.
>Churches will remain open for personal Adoration & prayer.
>The Holy Water Fonts contain cleaning chemicals (do not drink this water).
>Cleaning precautions are in place at all three Church locations.
Below is the link for Sunday Mass, Daily Mass,
& Holy Week Services
hosted by St. Agnes in Scottsbluff.
(thank you to St. Agnes for helping the Tri-Parishes stream Masses since we don’t have the ability)
The sacramental of Holy Water is available to help us celebrate Holy Week in the home. We can bless our Crucifixes, Crosses, & ourselves during the various Liturgies.
Bottles of Blessed Holy Water are available just outside the main entrance of St. Theresa’s during the day. Starting Monday April 6th at 11am, they will also be available on the handicap ramp at St. Ann’s Parish & at the front door of Sacred Heart. The bottles will be out throughout Holy Week as supplies last.
A note on: Holy Thursday:
The Church has observed the great tradition of spending time in Adoration before Jesus in the Tabernacle after Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This year that Mass is suspended to the public and no Altar of Repose is to be constructed. We will, however, keep the night vigil with the Lord. “Remain here and watch with me,” (Mt26:38) was His command prior to the Crucifixion. Thus, at St. Theresa’s Parish, we will keep the doors open and the Church lit (dimly) from 8pm to 7am on Thursday April 9th.
All the Churches are open throughout the day for personal prayer, however, St. Theresa’s will host this vigil. If you are planning on attending, please follow all health guidelines at the entrances of the Church. Do not come if you are sick.
Please consider spacing your one hour time (Mt26:40) with Jesus out so that no more then 10 people are in the Church. He is there all night long.
You can also park along the curb of 17th Street to spend time with Jesus. His Tabernacle will be lit so you can see through the window from the street.
A note on Good Friday Veneration of the Holy Cross:
Since we cannot gather this year for the veneration of the great symbol of Loves triumph over death, please be sure to stream the Liturgy from the link below. As Good Friday begins, please have a Crucifix ready. You can easily place this on a home altar or prayer space, or simply hold it. When it comes time for veneration, then you will be able to venerate the Crucifix at home. Instructions on this are provided in the Liturgy, which posts on Good Friday.
Slight change inConfessions:
Confessions will now be heard on Sundays during the Coronavirus from
the back door of the Rectory; 10:30am to Noon. This allows for a second layer of precaution in the form of a curtain while making sure you don’t have to touch any surfaces. Please remain in your vehicle if someone is already at the door. If you need a different day/time please email Fr. Matthew at email@example.com or call 308-623-1745.
(2 Cor 5:18)
This Page will have updates on issues facing the Tri-Parish & Diocese; as well as information to help with keeping the Lord’s Day.
We will do our best to expand the resources & keep the updates current.
As of now all daily Masses, Sunday Masses, other Liturgies, Devotionals, and gatherings are suspended by order of the Bishop in conjunction with the Dept. of Health. In this page is a link to the Catholic Diocese of Grand Island Bishop’s Statements Page.
ALL Masses, Liturgies, Devotions, & gatherings will resume as soon as possible.
With the suspension of Liturgies comes the question of how to honor the Lord’s Holy Day, Sunday. God willing, we already make sure we are not working on tasks that day, but focusing on Faith & family. Not being able to receive the Body of Jesus is a sorrow yes, but we know that Jesus transformed suffering! The Bishop wrote to us: “I encourage you to be creative in how you will nourish and deepen your relationship with our Lord in this time before we are able to resume the public celebration of the Sacraments.”
When we cannot be present at Mass or when we cannot receive Jesus at Mass because we are not in the State of Grace, then we are asked to make a Spiritual Communion. A prayer for Spiritual Communion is found below. Links for live-stream Masses are below.
On Sunday please take at minimum one hour to pray with Scripture, watch Mass, recite the Rosary, pray the Stations. Daily it would be good for us all to do these things. Other Devotions and meditations will only help lift us up to God in this time of exile! We know God does not abandon His people, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
Prayer of Spiritual Communion:
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
It will help too if you can make a prayer space in your home for the act of Spiritual Communion. A table with a cloth, a candle, the Crucifix, and other holy images are always good to have here. The Bible is to be used, but could be placed here when one is not reading it. You can also place your streaming device (or put the table by the TV) on the table while watching the Mass. It helps keep us focused on the Sacrifice of Love and the Spiritual Communion. Going through the “motions” of Mass also aids the soul in remaining spiritually attached to the Mass until we can gather in person again.
Daily Mass Readings
It is good to be in the practice of reading the Mass Scriptures before coming to Church. In this time we can read them from home before watching Mass so that the Holy Spirit may find our hearts open to Him.
Links for the Holy Mass:
Below are some helpful links to engage in studying the Faith more. This is a practice that will deepen our relationship with the Triune God, with the Church He founded, and with one another. Since we all have more time at home now, please make use of diving more in to the Faith Jesus has given us.
Keep scrolling for great links to online studies and vocations (married, clergy, religious) lessons!!
The Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross are an amazing way to meditate on the great love of God in the very Passion of Jesus. In this time of sorrow, repentance, and anxiety, allow His Love to pour over you.
Statements from Bishop:
Rather then posting all of his letters to us during the suspension, simply click the link below and you will be directed to all of the Bishops statements.
Mitchell Care Center:
We are restricted from receiving the Eucharist and can feel isolated. Well, many shut-ins and those in care centers experience this often! If you know someone who is homebound call them. It can be good to send a letter too. If you don’t know anyone then feel free to send an open letter to the MCC.
Mitchell Care Center
1723 23rd Avenue
Mitchell, NE 69357
The Holy Rosary
The Rosary is a spiritual weapon to combat the forces of Satan, the world, and our own struggles. Mary always intercedes for us to her Son. The mysteries keep us focused on Jesus.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Wash those hands…
While washing your hands it is an awesome idea to pray for the souls going through Purgatory. We know that saying the Our Father, Hail Mary, & Glory Be allow us to meet CDC guidelines on length of washing and allows us to pray more often.
We can help those souls get home and participate in God’s Mercy. What a way to show love.
We have a number of FREE resources for home study and home Religious Education! Fr. Neal Hock with the Vocations office has sent out great resources for discernment of vocations and teaching vocations. The Diocese youth page is also able to provide great resources for helping to grow the Faith in our families. Here are those links:
For vocations: the sessions will cover the great vocations of married life, the priesthood, and religions life at the age level of your child! the login in for students is: “vocation2love” and for teachers/the parents is “vocations2020”
When checking out the links the Diocese provides, just know that FORMED is offering a lot of movies, talks, and books for FREE in this time. So, if you want a greta movie night that is also up lifting, check them out! The other resources are amazing too! So many folks with great advice and wonderful lessens in the Faith are here to help!
Take time to examine life and
put to death the deadly things.
Lent began on Ash Wednesday with a sincere call from Joel to return to the Lord with our whole hearts, with fasting, and with prayer. We have had to give up a lot more then what we intended for Lent. This does not mean, however, that the Holy Spirit cannot work in our lives to better our spiritual growth. There are things in all of our lives that prevent us from staying focused on God. They can be sins, habits that are unhealthy, an over zealous work habit, or avoiding prayer & family time. These things are deadly to the soul. Now is a time to address them. We also get to examine ourselves and see where we are finding peace during the day, where we are united with the Lord, and where we are doing well with our spiritual growth. St. Paul said on Ash Wednesday that now is the day of salvation, so be not afraid! Be not afraid to take time to enter into study, prayer, fasting, reading, and family time. We can and will grow our Faith. As Faith deepens so will our ability to see Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament when we return to public Mass. Jesus in Matthew’s Ash Wed. Gospel pointed out that what the Father sees in secret He rewards. The reward in Faith is the veil getting thinner so we can see who Jesus truly is in Holy Communion and there by gaze upon the Triune God’s Face when we depart from this life. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote in his Eucharistic hymn:
“Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
by His word to Flesh He turns;
wine into His Blood He changes;
what though sense no change discerns?
Only be the heart in earnest,
faith her lesson quickly learns.”
Below is an examination of conscience to aid us in this time. Receiving the Sacrament of Penance is important too. Father is concerned with being able to make this available. Please call the office (prompts the rectory) if you would like to set up a time for Confession. The main body of the Church can be used to keep the social distance, but still allow us to experience the intimacy and depth of God’s loving mercy.